Commissioner and Chair, Early Childhood Music Education Commission
Dr. Patricia A. St. John, CSJ, is the Founder of Carondelet Music Center (est. 1992) and served as its Executive Director for 25 years. The Center, an independent music school located in Latham, NY, is sponsored by The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The Center boasts an enrollment of more than 200 students ranging in age from 3 months old to 88 years young. Patricia is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Patricia received her doctorate in Music and Music Education, specializing in Early Childhood Music from Teachers College in 2004. She holds an MA in Musicology from Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY), a B.S. in Music Education and a certificate in Piano Pedagogy from the College of St. Rose (Albany, NY). Dr St. John’s scholarship is shaped by complementary perspectives as music practitioner, performer (pianist), and researcher. Over 30 years teaching experience across various age groups and in diverse contexts inform her research. Using a multi-dimensional lens, including flow experience, Vygotskian theory, and Cultural-historical Activity Theory, Patricia focuses on early childhood music-making, the social dimensions of musical experience, scaffolding strategies, and the community of learners. She has presented her research in regional, national, and international venues including NYSSMA, MENC, ISME, ICMPC, SEMPRE, RIME, and AERA. Book chapters are included in Vygotsky and Creativity (2010), Critical issues in Music Education (2010), and Listen to Their Voices (2007) and her work has been published in such journals as Psychology of Music, Early Childhood Connections, The Mountain Lake Reader, and Early Child Development and Care.